‘I realized that I loved to help people through their fitness journeys, and this initially secondary career soon became my passion.’
“I was overweight as a child, and I got teased a lot. I was also a huge fan of professional wrestling, and I wanted to be a wrestler. When I told my classmates about my dream, they laughed at me and said I could never be a wrestler because I was fat. That day, I decided that I was going to prove them wrong.
“I got really interested in fitness. I started lifting weights in middle school and making better choices about the kinds of food I ate; portion control is very important when dieting. There are no quick fixes. Living a healthy lifestyle is all about self-control and making good choices. When I was in my 20s, I started researching the science behind improving my physique.
You only have one life, so go for your goals.
“By 2015, I was working for major professional independent wrestling companies under the pseudonym The Long Island Landmine. To support myself, I trained people at gyms, and I earned my personal trainer license in 2014. In 2016, everything changed when I tore my Achilles tendon. That injury forced me to think about the future. Even the best wrestlers typically start to slow down around age 40. I knew that I would need another career to support myself, and that’s when I turned my focus to personal training. I realized that I loved to help people through their fitness journeys, and this initially secondary career soon became my passion.
“When the pandemic hit, I started seeing clients one-on-one and also offering outdoors group sessions. I turned my garage into a fully functioning gym that can accommodate up to 12 people. It was never in my plans to start my own business, but I ended up establishing Joe’s Result Zone LLC. Wrestling has come full circle for me. This year, I had appearances for All Elite Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and World Wrestling Entertainment. I also started a secondary business called Championship Entertainment Theatre, which arranges weekly live wrestling events at a theater in Mattituck. I plan to continue following my dreams because so many people told me that I couldn’t. You only have one life, so go for your goals.”